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Street dance championships set for weekend in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2011-06-02

Street dance teams from across Japan will strut their stuff in Nanjo City this weekend, while some of the world’s best dancers and rappers will provide additional entertainment and moral support at the Street Dance Championship.

Dance teams will compete in Kids, Junior, Freestyle or Breakin’ competitions Saturday and Sunday at the Nanjo City Tamagusuku Comprehensive Gymnasium. Teams include dancers from Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Okayama, Fukuoka and Okinawa. Okinawa has teams competing in each of the four categories.

Special guest dancers include Yuko Sumida Jackson, a Michael Jackson World Tour stage dancer, the Gogo Brothers, members of the American dance team ‘Lockers’, and Kagem, the All American Champion of the American TB program ‘The Talent Agency.’ Also performing will be guest rappers Soulja and May J.

Haisai special stage setting will be the dance competition venue at the gymnasium. The fifth annual Street Dance Championship is sponsored by TV Tokyo, with support from the Cabinet office, Minsitry of Education, Okinawa Prefecture, the Okinawa Board of Education, Nanjo City, Suntory Foods International, Meiji, Toyota, Japan Air Lines, Toray, Mitsui Real Estate, Okinawa World and Luminox.

Preliminary competitions take place Saturday, with semi-finals and finals in all categories coming on Sunday. The organizers will also conduct a street dance workshop on Sunday.

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